As we approach the year end, we want to thank our donors who have - over the last couple years - provided an education for AnaGrace, Susan and Ines. Your generous giving has secured their primary school education and given us the hope that a new student will join our GlobalGiving project before 2015. Because of you, these girls have the chance that they deserve in life and in learning.
The GLK Student Fund would like to take a moment to update you on our scholarship student, Ines, who joined us this year (photo in school uniform above). She has been doing well in her primary school studies at Kibeta English Medium Primary School (KEMPS). Her dream is to become a Nurse. Her Teacher, Lucy, says that she is doing well relative to other students and that she will continue on to Standard 2 in January 0f 2015.
Ines expressed her wish to stay at KEMPS as a boarding student instead of day scholar. She has said that, by staying in boarding she will perform better in a good environment because her home not conducive to study. We are considering this request and the additional funding it would require.
Help us support Ines to ensure that she has an environment appropriate for study. As you plan your year-end giving, we ask you to remember AnaGrace, Susan, Ines and our new candidate. You can make all the difference in their futures!
We just wanted to provide you with a brief update on how all of our students are doing.
Anagrace is doing well in fourth grade and is coming up on the Standard Four National Exams this year. She has another three and a half years left of primary school. She is also doing enjoying art as you can see by the photo of life of her home in Bukoba that she has sent us.
Ines and Susan are also doing well. They are enrolled in first grade and preschool respectively and are thrilled to be attending their new schools. Because of you, they are happy to be in great schools and receiving a solid education in Tanzania, but unfortunately, this is not the norm.
According to the World Bank the GDP in 2012 is $612 in Tanzania. With the annual cost of private schooling costing a substantial portion of the averange family's yearly income, a decent education is often inattainable for most families. While government schools are available, they are often plagued with over-crowding, inadequate resources, ill-prepared or even absent teachers. The schooling they receive at government schools is often no type of education at all. While we are happy to announce that we've succeeded in getting three young girls into great educational programs in Tanzania, there are still many more that need our help.
Please consider making a contribution today so that we can continue to send many more students in need to great schools.
As the GLK Student Fund focuses its energies in 2014 on our female students, we'd like to introduce our newest scholarship candidate, Suzana.
Suzana is 7 years old. She attends a public primary school and is in the first grade. Suzana has high sense of perception and reasoning for her age. She is clever and quick. She is full of curiosity and wants to know and learn about things and has a maturity of some sort that is not so common for her age. She is charming.
She lost her father in July 2013 and is the only child of her mother, Sima, who is 32 years old. After the death of her husband, Sima was forced to move from their rental room after the rent expired. She has no solid income and therefore, she cannot afford to pay rent even for a single room. The husband died before they could collect enough money to buy a plot of land which is the goal of most Tanzanian families. A plot of land secures a home and the means to grow food. Sima and Suzana moved in with Sima's sister and they live in a small one bedroom flat in the Kashura area of Bukoba. Sima has a bad case of hypertension. However, whenever she is able and feels strong, she plaits hair and earns a little money to contribute to her upkeep.
Suzana would very much like to join an English Medium school. Her mother would love to have her daughter in a good school but for her it is only a dream since she cannot afford to pay school fees for such a school.
Please help to make the wish of Suzana materialize and her mother's dream come true.
Thank you so much for all of your constant support. We just wanted to take a moment to update you on the progress of our students supported by Global Giving.
Anagrace and Ines have been doing well in school. Ines is enjoying first grade at her new school and is looking forward to receiving her new school sweater. Recently, we've received a letter from her. Ines writes:
"Dear ones, I thank you for your help. I am love to study, to write, and to draw. I am very happy to study English and to be at KEMPS (Kibeta English Primary School, Bukoba)."
The GLK Student Fund is on always on the look out for new scholarship students to support. Recently, we've identified one possible new scholarship student we are looking to support. A five year old boy from a neighboring village from Anagrace whose mother recently died in childbirth. His father is helping to support him and his four sibings by working as a peasant farmer.This boy is bright and needs to enter pre-school (Tanzanian Kindergarten). Schools in his home village of Izimbya are definitely sub-standard. Getting him into a high quality pre-school will set him up for success later in life.
Please know that your support makes a profound difference in these students' lives. Your contributions help us continue to identify and support vulnerable and deserving students.
The GLK Student Fund has been working hard on supporting deserving students with receiving a quality education. On her September trip to Tanzania, Gayle met a number of students in need of an educational program in which they can learn and develop: Edina, an orphan who had missed several years of primary school because she was taking care of her baby brother; Ines, whose father's death left her family with few resources; AnnaGrace, who is flourishing at her new school after twelve months in this healthy environment.
Join us on December 3rd for an exciting matching opportunity sponsored by Microsoft YouthSpark! The Microsoft YouthSpark program is giving away $250,000 in matching funds to worthy causes supporting education for vulnerable youth.
The Microsoft YouthSpark matching program begins on December 3rd at 12:00pm and will end on December 4th 12pm. Each donation will be matched dollar for dollar. Please note, the matching only applies to credit card or Paypal donations made through the Global Giving website.
With so many of our students struggling to obtain a basic education in the face of poverty, orphanage, and a poor public school system, please pledge to support us and take advantage of this matching program by making a donation today.
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